Since 1959 over 140,000 Tibetans have fled their homeland and endured great hardship to start a new life in exile. The Tibet Fund was founded under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to help improve the lives of these refugees and enable them to maintain their Tibetan way of life and culture. From modest beginnings in 1981, the Tibet Fund has grown to become a primary vehicle for humanitarian assistance for the refugees.
On today's edition of "Initiative Radio," Angela visits the office of the Tibet Fund to converse with the fund's president Rinchen Dharlo about the life and times of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama; about life in Tibet prior to the invasion of Communist China; the journey of Tibetan refugees across the Himalayan mountains to India; many of the projects spearheaded by The Tibet Fund; and the organization's support of the US based, touring play "The Buddha Prince" which pays homage to the Dalai Lama.
This is Part one of a two part broadcast.